My salvation comes from me.
If you are waiting around for someone else or something else to make you happy and save you from your distress, your dysphoria, your emptiness, lots of luck.
John Bradshaw, the substance abuse counselor, called it “the hole in the soul.” With what will we fill it? Not from things outside, but from things within. Jesus said that the kingdom of God is within us.
We learn in Alcoholics Anonymous, in the first three steps that our lives are unmanageable on our own, and that a Power greater than ourselves can restore us to sanity, and that salvation comes from turning our will over to the care of God as we understand God. “Let go and let God” is the slogan encouraging this. Discerning God’s will is a process of looking within not outwardly and it is from within that salvation comes.
In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to affirm and promote seven principles the fourth of which is the free and responsible search for Truth and meaning. And where is this Truth to be found and where is this search to take us? The search takes us within not to idols in the external world.
Today we are asked to take 10 - 15 minutes twice during the day to consider the idea that salvation comes from within not from without. Can we give up the pursuit of the idols of the ego which left us disillusioned, disappointed, angry, afraid, resentful, and full of grievance. Remember, “God loves ya, baby!” Remember that your salvation comes from within you.